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Catholic bishops urge strict compliance with rule of law

Against the backdrop of complains in some quarters over alleged none compliance with the rule of law in President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s war on corruption, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) Monday, called on government to use appropriate legal processes to thoroughly investigate and transparently prosecute persons accused of corrupt practices.

The Bishops stated this in a communiqué they issued at the end of the First plenary meeting of the CBCN, with the theme: “Catholic Church: Promoting Mercy, Social Justice and Peace”.

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The communique was jointly signed by the President of CBCN, Rev Ignatius Ayau Kaigama and Secretary, Rev William A. Avenya.

According to the communique, the bishops insisted that anybody found guilty of corrupt practices must be held accountable by government, adding however that such must be done with strict adherence to the rule of law. The conference also called on Nigerians to join hands with government in tackling the menace, noting that the application of the laws of the land is not enough to tackle corruption.

On the Boko Haram insurgency, the CBCN commended the efforts of government, the military and other security agencies in degrading the terrorists but lamented the continued attacks on soft targets, especially IDP camps and markets , calling on them to work harder and defeat the insurgents.

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